The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run (MGB CFR) lived up to its name as the largest Jewish event in the UK as over 6,500 members of the community descended on Allianz Park Sports Stadium on 11th June 2017.
A fantastic 2,500 people participated in the running events with an incredible 4,000 spectators cheering them on from the stands.
The event, hosted at Allianz Park Sports Stadium for the fourth year in a row, saw 2,200 people pre-register with a further 300 sign up on the day to run, jog and walk for over 75 Jewish charities and school. They took part in five distances – the 10km, 5km, 5km Walk, family favourite 1km and challenging Tri-Run where all three distance are combined.
Each person who crossed the finished line received a medal which were sponsored by The Jewish Leadership Council.
Each distance began with VIP starters who congratulated participants on their efforts of raising vital funds for the communal organisations. Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the UK, set off the 10km distance; Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis launched the 5km and 5km Walk distances; and the Mayor of Barnet Brian Salingar and Matthew Offord MP began the 1km distance.
As well as cheering on their family and friends, the incredible 4,000 spectators took part in the Fun Zone which hosted activities for the whole family including bandana making, bungee trampolines and an inflatable assault course. They also discovered more about the charities and schools they were raising funds for by visiting them in the Charity Fair. The Health and Wellbeing Hub was home to The Jewish Chronicle Treatment Tent - a new addition to the MGB CFR - where they received taster sessions and demonstrations from industry experts to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle.
With the 20th Maccabiah Games taking place next month, a highlight of the day came as the crowd gathered to watch as the Maccabiah Torch was shown off in a procession led by Ride for Solidarity motorbikes and Team Maccabi GB Maccabiah athletes.
The final fundraising figure is expected to be in the region £200,000 surpassing previous years. Since the event began in 2007, the event has raised around £1.7 million.
Maccabi GB is taking a 400 person delegation who will compete alongside 10,000 other Jewish athletes from 80 countries from 2nd – 18th July 2017. They will compete in over 30 sports and in the Junior, Open and Masters categories. The Opening Ceremony will take place on 6th July with flag bearers Bernard Davidson, Brian Green and Jack Mattey leading the team out with the Union Flag, Maccabi GB and UJIA flags respectively.
About Maccabi GB
Maccabi GB and its affiliates are Britain’s leading Anglo-Jewish Sports, Health and Wellbeing Charity and has flourished for nearly 80 years. Part of a global movement operating in over 70 countries, our mission is to support the long term future of British Jewry by engaging and developing the entire Jewish Community with a broad range of sporting, educational, social and health and wellbeing activities, whilst promoting Jewish Identity and the centrality of Israel. Each year, through over 250-targeted projects, programmes and events, Maccabi GB reaches over 40,000 people nationally. This is achieved by a dedicated team of professionals based in both London and the North.
Charity Number: 1098206
For additional information on Maccabi GB visit www.maccabigb.org
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Phone: 020 8457 2333